Now the Passion story takes an unexpected turn. On our Lenten Tree, we have already placed the towel and basin which are symbols of Jesus’s servant ministry; the bread and wine – symbols of the body of Christ given for all people, are met today with . . . betrayal.
The betrayal of someone Jesus loved. The Old Testament explains that 30 pieces of silver was the price of a slave – the price at which Christ is valued here. However, this betrayal is met by the faithful obedience of Christ who displays how much we are worth to Him – Christ values you and I as priceless.